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  • Trichet Begs for Verbal Discipline on Euro Monday, 15 Oct 2007 | 12:41 AM ET
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    Verbal discipline is key for the smooth functioning of currency markets, European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet tells CNBC Frankfurt correspondent Silvia Wadhwa in an exclusive interview, a veiled plea to European leaders to stand by the ECB.

  • G7 Should Focus on Free Trade, Not Currencies: Darling Wednesday, 10 Oct 2007 | 7:55 AM ET

    The Group of Seven meeting this month should focus on breaking down barriers to free trade rather than managing exchange rates, British finance minister Alistair Darling told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday.

  • Stocks Edge Up, Anticipating Fed Meet Tuesday, 9 Oct 2007 | 9:33 AM ET

    A sprinkling of deal news, sinking oil prices and a firmer dollar are in the background as stocks edge higher Tuesday. The big news for markets though will come in the Federal Reserve's meeting minutes, set for release at 2 p.m. ET. The minutes of the September 18 meeting and the August 16 call will be released. Traders are watching for hints of what made the Fed take the aggressive step to slash the Fed funds rate by a half point, greater than the 1/4 point widely expected.

  • Mr. Euro -- or the late Wim Duisenberg -- would sympathize with Jean-Claude Trichet’s dilemma. Trichet is facing a hostile cabal of politicians from among the 13 euro-zone governments who want him to cut interest rates to take momentum out of the strengthening single currency.

  • Fed & Earnings Lead on Tuesday Monday, 8 Oct 2007 | 7:49 PM ET

    The Fed and the start of earnings season are two big focuses for stocks Tuesday, after Monday's dullish session. The Fed releases minutes of its September 18 meeting and its August 16 call at 2p ET. This time last week, traders would have been digging into those minutes to find any confirmation of their view that rates will be cut again at the Fed's October 31 meeting.

  • Jack Welch, Former CEO & Chairman, GE Friday, 5 Oct 2007 | 12:31 PM ET

    Discussing leadership, motivation and career success with Jack Welch, former General Electric chairman & CEO.

  • Will Airbus Ever Recover? Thursday, 4 Oct 2007 | 2:50 AM ET

    Just as Airbus hoped to start selling its oft-delayed superjumbo as a success story, a report of "massive insider trading" at parent company EADS leaked to the media -- raising the question of whether the beleaguered company can ever get ahead of its problems.

  • EU Executive Fines Visa $14.5 Million Wednesday, 3 Oct 2007 | 6:28 AM ET

    The European Commission fined Visa 10.2 million euros ($14.45 million) on Wednesday for refusing to let Morgan Stanley join its payment card system in Britain.

  • European Stocks Rise Despite Slow U.S. Home Sales Tuesday, 2 Oct 2007 | 12:10 PM ET
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    European stocks closed broadly positive Tuesday after wobbling slightly following a larger-than-expected fall in U.S. pending home sales.

  • European Stocks Close Higher; Volatility Ahead Thursday, 27 Sep 2007 | 12:11 PM ET

    European stocks closed higher Thursday, with investors shrugging off a surprise drop in U.S. new home sales and weaker U.S. economic growth data.

  • Trichet Says Currency Volatility Harms Growth Thursday, 27 Sep 2007 | 10:50 AM ET
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    European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet said  excessive swings in foreign exchange levels are not good for growth. Meanwhile, the ECB lent $5.5 billion at a punitive rate on Wednesday, figures show.

  • Euro Zone Retail Growth Slowed in September: PMI Thursday, 27 Sep 2007 | 5:56 AM ET

    Retail sales growth in the euro region slowed in September, a survey of around 1,000 retail executives showed on Thursday.

  • ECB Lends 3-Month Funds at Highest Rate Since 2001 Wednesday, 26 Sep 2007 | 8:29 AM ET

    The European Central Bank allotted 50 billion euros of three-month refinancing on Wednesday at an average rate of 4.63% -- the highest since March 2001 and evidence of continued tightness on the euro money market.

  • EU Ministers Deadlocked on Three GMO Maize Approvals Wednesday, 26 Sep 2007 | 6:47 AM ET

    EU farm ministers fell short of a consensus agreement on Wednesday to allow imports of three genetically modified (GMO) maize types, again revealing their deep differences on GMO crops and foods, officials said.

  • German Business Morale slides on Markets, Euro, Oil Tuesday, 25 Sep 2007 | 6:26 AM ET

    German business sentiment fell to its lowest level in over 1-1/2 years in September, as turmoil on financial markets exacerbated concerns about an economy already affected by the strong euro and surging oil prices.

  • EU Approves of Novartis' Exelon to Treat Alzheimer's Monday, 24 Sep 2007 | 9:21 AM ET

    The drugmaker Novartis said Monday that the European Commission had approved its Exelon skin patch to treat Alzheimer's disease.

  • Euro Zone July Industrial Orders Down 4% vs. June Monday, 24 Sep 2007 | 6:23 AM ET

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  • The U.K.'s top banks are mulling borrowing funds from the Bank of England's 10 billion pounds ($20 billion) facility to remove the stigma attached to it and restore confidence in the banking system, the Financial Times reported Friday.

  • Norway's Energy Minister Resigns Friday, 21 Sep 2007 | 4:55 AM ET

    Norwegian Petroleum and Energy Minister Odd Roger Enoksen has resigned, the prime minister's office said on Friday without naming his replacement.

  • EU Official Criticizes U.S. Justice Dept on Microsoft Wednesday, 19 Sep 2007 | 11:30 AM ET
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    European Union Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said on Wednesday that a top U.S.  Justice Department official's criticism of an EU court decision against Microsoft was "totally unacceptable."